Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Playtime for Restless Rascals - a bookwrap



Playtime for Restless Rascals

authored by Nikki Grimes

illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 6, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1728238935

* ISBN-13:  978-1728238937

* Language:  English 

* Reading Age:  4-8 years

"Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece is a whimsical adventure and rollicking celebration of playtime fun. "

 Editorial Review

"This is a beautiful and lighthearted celebration of young families. Highly recommended as a gift for new parents and for lapsit storytimes" ― Youth Services Book Review, STARRED review

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

"Time to get to work, little one," I tell you.

"What work?" you ask.

Like always,

you pretend not to understand.

"Your job is called Play," I say.

Mom awakens her small child with those words.  She believes that her child's job is to play.  With giggles and whispers between the two the busy play-day kicks into gear! Let the games begin!

Throughout the day the little one dances in mud puddles, swirls in autumn leaves, and swings high enough to almost reach the sun, builds a snowman in the snow,  and exercises and plays with cars and trucks, just to name a few.  The sky's the limit when it comes to filling the day with fun adventurous activities.  It's a non-stop celebration of busyness from start to finish. 

Mom, exhausted, calls for a timeout and a nap before dad arrives home and takes over.  Mom and Dad together observe and confirm that..."At the end of the day, you know you're an expert at play!"

The illustrations are colourful, patterned, textured and they greatly enrich the text. This book is a wonderful snapshot of a loving family supporting each other through a typical exhausting day of non-stop play and engaging in life.  It would be a great asset in a classroom and school or public library.  It opens up many doors to great discussions.  I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among many others. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Find her at nikkigrimes.com. 

About the Illustrator

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in West Africa and now lives Albany, NY where she draws, paints, collages, sews, silkscreens, makes jewelry, and ponders the endless possibilities of chocolate. Her work is largely influenced by the people, places, and things from her childhood in the Ivory Coast as the product of two cultures. Visit her at lizzunon.com.

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